Spread the Word: Ideas to help your community become more aware during DD Month
Do you want to participate in Developmental Disabilities Month but don’t know how? We’ve compiled a few ideas of how you can get involved in your local community and make a difference during the month of March:
- Contact producers of local public affairs radio and television programs, inviting them to devote a program to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD).
- Invite the community to attend an open house at a Monarch home or during an outing with the people we support.
- Stage an awards ceremony or banquet to honor outstanding community leaders or volunteers who work with your organization. Even if the event is after March, use March as I/DD Month to create the reason for the ceremony. Or, honor a member of the local media for reporting on issues affecting people with I/DD and be sure to alert all of the local media about the award.
- Contact civic clubs such as Lions, Kiwanis, Civitan, Rotary International, Jaycees, or Junior League and offer to provide them with a speaker for their March meetings. Self-advocates are some of the most effective communicators of Monarch's mission and are sure to inspire their members.
- Offer your local newspapers some creative stories about people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are contributing to the community in ways that people may not realize. Be sure to include quotes and photos (or offers to have photos taken) of the subjects of the stories to make them more compelling.
- Submit an op-ed column or letter to the editor (explaining DD Awareness Month and inviting the community to learn more about Monarch and our mission.
- Devote a section of your Website or put daily posts on your Facebook and Twitter pages giving the community suggestions for what they can do to raise awareness.
- Contact your local Business Roundtable, Chamber of Commerce or Board of Trade – explaining that March as DD Awareness Month may provide the perfect impetus to encourage business to learn more about the opportunities to hire individuals with I/DD and that they tend to be some of the best, most loyal employee most companies ever hire.